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The biggest benefit is that you can view album art and images and once you’ve worked out how to get them on the device they do look great. Quite frankly though, I couldn’t work out how to get album art on the player. If the image was already in the files then it wasn’t a problem but for those that weren't I was stumped.
What's so strange is that the Gigabeat can be used with two music managers – either Windows Media Player 10 or Toshiba’s own strangely named Gigabeat Room. This is confusing as albums transferred over via Gigaroom are placed in a folder called, ‘Folders’, and can be accessed from there. They can also be accessed from the regular artist and albums list. The folder listing seems entirely unnecessary. With Gigaroom you can also transfer tracks directly to the Gigabeat without having to install them on the PC first and this function works as advertised.
On the Gigabeat website Toshiba refers to dragging and dropping photos onto the player, but this wasn't my experience. Instead I right clicked on the files containing the photos and selected ‘Transfer to Gigabeat’. According to the manual, only Gigaroom can be used for transferring images. This is odd because the images are stored in a folder on the device called pictures, but it does not resize them. I tried dropping an image into this folder on the Gigabeat, but it wasn’t recognised. This probably has something to do with creating an index of the files for use with the slideshow function.
On the devices is a folder called Demo Files, which contains images set in a self contained slide show, with attached music. These were great, but unfortunately I couldn’t work out how to create these in Gigabeat Room, and there was no reference to them in the manual. Instead I just manually selected a track I wanted and then went off to the Photo folder. The slideshow can be set to wipe or fade between images, which are rotated to the right for optimal affect.